Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup, Week of Aug. 7

This week: Beyoncé’s diamond-encrusted shoes. Two more caught in Hatton Garden robbery. What is Cartier’s deal with that panther? All below.

 

GIA bans five Indian companies for alleged false inscriptions.

 

Blue Nile sees sales, profits rise.

– Earnings call transcript.

 

More companies leaving industry, JBT says.

– U.S. jewelry, watch sales post more declines.

 

Home shopping channels no longer that interested in jewelry.

– Could duty free be next big retail arena?

 

Apple Watch hurting regular watch sales, analyst says.

– Apple Watch sales disappointing, says supplier.

– Watch off to “decent start,” says Techpinions.

– Company surveying owners about device.

 

Will luxury smartwatches work?

 

Diamond industry sentiment sinks to 2008 levels, RapNet says.

– Ehud Laniado: Current turmoil will forever change the diamond market.

– Rio Tinto’s sales fall 23 percent.

 

IIJS sees “steady but cautious” start.

 

Racked looks at Signet’s advertising.

 

How earrings backs became the talk of Twitter.

 

Neiman Marcus files for an IPO—again.

 

Etsy’s stock crashes after posting loss.

– Analyst sees sellers leaving for Amazon.

 

Birks sells corporate sales division.

 

Haskell buys 50 percent of Charm & Chain.

 

Sienna Sky buys Lemon Tree.

 

New York manufacturer buys two heart jewelry lines.

 

TAG Heuer shuts Hong Kong store due to high rents.

 

20/20 profiles rise and fall of jewelry-theft gang.

– Two more Hatton Garden robbers nabbed.

 

International Gemological Laboratories founder joins Pure Grown.

 

J.C. Penney adds two execs amid CEO changeover.

 

RIP

Former Lazare Kaplan vice chairman George Kaplan.

Former London Jewelers owner Fran Udell.

Gem dealer Dana Schorr.

 

Which jewelry retailers made the National Retail Federation’s Hot 100 list?

 

Retailers can now create mini e-comm shops on their Facebook pages.

 

Jewelers Mutual covering smart jewelry.

 

Nico Gerard designs dual band with Apple Watch.

– Embodies “everything the Swiss are doing wrong.”

 

Frédérique Constant watch called “beautiful.”

 

Federal agency seeks near-complete ivory ban.

 

Tennessee jeweler claims package with $50,000 in diamonds has gone missing.

 

Hong Kong site ripping off Tiffany.

 

Indian government pledges new jewelry trade zone.

 

Indian industry seeks separate codes for natural and lab-grown diamonds.

 

Safety violations claimed at shuttered Australian diamond mine.

 

Dealers nabbed in Zimbabwe with gems in mouths.

 

Woman claims jailer stole her diamond engagement ring.

 

Why is Cartier’s emblem a panther?

– New campaign explores tough terrain.

 

Cancer survivor becomes jewelry designer.

 

Leslie Hindman to auction jewelry from Hasbro founders.

 

Actor Steven Seagal visits Russian diamond mine.

 

Beyoncé makes a splash with diamond-encrusted shoes.

 

Kylie Jenner’s diamond band sparks marriage rumors.

 

Hugh Hefner’s son gives fiancée huge diamond.

 

Anna Kendrick loaned diamonds to friend for wedding.

 

Halle Berry isn’t divorced, just lost her ring. Whew.

 

Drug lord El Chapo’s kids are really into watches. 

 

Controversy over Putin’s spokesman’s watch.

 

Media Watch:

The Telegraph: Diamonds getting cheaper.

Martin Rapaport talks up diamond futures to Marketwatch.

PopSugar tests out what diamond rings look like on various hands.

 

From the Blog:

Home Shopping Channels No Longer That Interested in Jewelry

How Earring Backs Became the Talk of Twitter

 
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JCK News Director